Blogs

Our bloggers are fitness instructors, runners, bikers, professors, therapists, recreationists, psychologists, nutritionists, parents and, overall, members of our community. Check back often for new posts and leave a comment to engage in the conversation.

August 15, 2017

Back to school tips and tricks

by Healthy Mesa County Staff The chaos of back-to-school can be stressful and overwhelming.  Parents are trying to adjust schedules to meet drop-off, pick-up and practice times for kids; while students prep the first-day outfits, fill their backpacks, and fight off the first day of school jitters (jitters that seem […]
August 8, 2017

Summertime fun should be accessible to all

We hear it all the time: Living in Mesa County, we are surrounded by natural beauty and an abundance of outdoor activities. Additionally, the Valley is teeming with summertime program and camps for children and families. But often, many families are not able to participate in some of the more […]
July 25, 2017

Summer! A season for health.

by Lindsay Maurer When most of us think about summer, we think about outdoor fun, vacations, and a chance to kick back. We think barbecues, endless sunny days, and adventure!  Most of us don’t think fitness and clean eating – but we need to! So what can you do to […]
July 18, 2017

The Diabetes Prevention Program- making a difference in our community

by Emily Robertson Emily Robertson is the Diabetes Prevention Program Coordinator at Mesa County Public Health. Emily graduated with her degree in Dietetics & Nutrition and found her passion working in community health. Some of her favorite activities include knitting, running, and exploring Colorado! The number of those affected by […]
July 11, 2017
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Someone else’s shoes

I find myself giving less credence to people who have Velcro rather than laces on their shoes. This could be the most ridiculous thought that has ever gone through my head. The man who was helping me pick out fertilizer seemed knowledgeable enough, yet here I was, standing in the […]
July 3, 2017

Operation: post grad and the pressures to adult

By Andi Goddeyne I graduated from Colorado Mesa University in May, and it was bittersweet, to say the least. However, this blog isn’t about the strange rollercoaster of emotions that comes when you close a chapter; it’s about the confusing start of the one that follows. After graduation, I woke […]
June 27, 2017

Grand Valley Bike Month

While the rest of the nation celebrates bicycling in May, June is Colorado Bike Month. Each year representatives from the private, public, and government sectors pull together to plan a month of free events and activities to promote and celebrate cycling. This year, I was given the responsibility of leading […]
June 14, 2017
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Why we need to stay connected

Social isolation, defined as “a state of complete or near-complete lack of contact between an individual and society,“ has been shown to be related to several serious health issues.  In fact, social isolation is related to early death at a similar level as smoking or obesity.  Click here for a […]
May 30, 2017

Activating our school space

Here at Clifton Elementary School, we too are sending an open invitation to the community to come and enjoy!  We couldn’t be more excited about the Activating Spaces grant provided through the County Health Department for our school!  With this grant, we are able to improve an old, unused field.  […]
May 24, 2017

Conscious water consumption

2,500 fifth grade students flooded the Colorado Mesa University campus, to participate in a two-day water festival May 15-16; sponging up information on water conservation, safety and so much more.  What was this festival?  The 24th Annual Western Colorado Children’s Water Festival! Western Colorado Children’s Water Festival is the largest […]
May 16, 2017

Healthy Landscapes for Healthy Mesa County

by Teresa Nees At times it can be difficult to explain how my job contributes to the overall health of our community. After all, I kill things for a living. As the Coordinator of the Mesa County Noxious Weed Program, I spend a good share of time wielding various tools […]
May 2, 2017

All good things must come to an end

I came to Grand Junction 5 years ago to attend school at Colorado Mesa University (CMU). I came in on a dance scholarship, but little did I know; I had another passion waiting for me in the Health and Wellness field. As it is getting dangerously close to my graduation […]
April 25, 2017

Preparing for life’s curveballs: conflict resolution

by Amy Weitzel Baseball season is here. CMU is underway with Chris Hanks and crew already starting another winning season for the Mavs. I’ve never played baseball myself (I’m more of a basketball and volleyball sort of girl), but I always get a little nervous when the player steps up […]
April 24, 2017
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How I Plan to Protect My Daughter from Societal Pressures – Part I

By Kelly Hamilton Since having my daughter, I’ve spent a lot of time worrying. Is she sleeping enough? Is she warm enough? Is she eating enough? Is she eating too much? I could keep going, but you get my point. After nearly a year and a half, I’m happy to […]
April 19, 2017
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Type 2 diabetes – are you at risk?

Spring and warmer weather have finally arrived.  The new beginnings of spring are a great time to take steps to become a new, healthier you! Whether that’s changing the way that you move, how you eat or learning to manage stress better, you can change your course to preventing type […]